Blog Posts by One Green Planet

  • 5 Popular Egg Dishes Made Without Eggs (We're Not Kidding!)

    Image Source: Chickpea Flour Omelet

    There are several good reasons why you may not want to start off your day by cracking open an egg. Eggs are chock full of saturated fat and cholesterol, and a recent study found that an egg-eating habit can be just as bad for you as a smoking habit. According to the study, the narrowing of the carotid artery in egg-yolk eaters was found to be two-thirds that of smokers.

    Or perhaps you've been intrigued by new studies coming out about how important your gut bacteria are for your overall health. One such study found that eggs yolks contain a compound called lecithin, which the bacteria in your gut convert into a chemical known as TMAO. High levels of TMAO have been linked to an increased risk for a heart attack or stroke.

    Whatever the reason may be, these amazing recipes will make it a lot easier for you to skip your morning omelet (at least one that's made with eggs!).

    1. Green "Eggs" and "Ham" Vegan Green Eggs and Ham


    • 1/4 cup (60 ml) green pea flour,
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  • All You Need to Know About Tempeh (with 5 Tasty Recipes!)

    Image Source: Tempeh Picatta

    Tempeh is a highly nutritious fermented soy food that originated in Indonesia over 2000 years ago. It is made by cooking and de-hulling soybeans, infusing them with a culturing agent, and then incubating them overnight to form a solid cake. Tempeh has a distinctive, nutty taste, and is easy to prepare. It readily absorbs the flavor of sauces and marinades, making it a perfect addition to stir fries, scrambles, chili, spaghetti sauce, or used as a meat substitute.

    High in protein and dietary fiber, tempeh is filling, satisfying, and has a substantial texture even tofu-haters and the staunchest meat-lovers are sure to enjoy! And like other soy proteins, tempeh may help lower LDL, or "bad" cholesterol levels, while increasing levels of HDL, or "good" cholesterol in the body.

    Tempeh is also a great source of several vitamins and minerals, including riboflavin, magnesium, manganese and copper. Choose organic to ensure your tempeh is GMO-free and made without the

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  • 5 Healthy Dairy-Free Foods Packed with Calcium

    Most Americans believe that the best source of dietary calcium, an esteemed nutrient for its ability to build strong bones, is from dairy. For many, it may seem like a no-brainer to include dairy in a healthy diet, but the science now shows that dairy is unnecessary for adequate calcium consumption. In fact, new research from the Harvard School of Medicine concluded that milk may not be the best source of dietary calcium. The good news is that non-dairy sources of calcium are abundant. Calcium is naturally found in many foods besides dairy products. Plus, many foods are now fortified with calcium, including plant-based milks and yogurts, cereals, tofu, and snack bars.

    Calcium requirements are dependent upon age; the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for adults age 19 - 50 is 1000 mg. That number increases to 1200 mg for women beginning at age 51 and for men beginning at age 71.

    Here are 5 plant-based/non-dairy sources of calcium that will help you stay healthy!

    1. Chia

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  • 5 Amazing Ways to Eat Zucchini (with Recipes)

    Recipe: Raw Zucchini Wraps

    Image Source: Raw Zucchini Wraps

    Zucchini (a type of summer squash) is a great vegetable that boasts a number of health benefits and can be cooked in a variety of ways.

    Zucchini's high water content (95 percent) makes it a very low calorie vegetables (only 17 calories per 100 g/one small zucchini) It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, is packed with Vitamin C, A, folate, magnesium, protein and fiber. In addition, zucchini contains more than three times the potassium of the average potassium supplement, which helps in muscle growth and maintaining a healthy nervous system.

    Overall, nutrients found in zucchini promote bone health, heart health, healthy weight and aid in cancer prevention.

    The best way to eat zucchini is to consume is raw. However, salads and raw dishes are not the only way to enjoy this healthy summer squash. You can add zucchini to your muffins and cakes, soups, tacos and other entrees. The possibilities are literally endless! Here are our 5

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  • 5 Unique and Unexpected Foods Packed with Iron

    Recipe: Raw Cacao Sea Salt Caramel CupsRecipe: Raw Cacao Sea Salt Caramel Cups

    Iron is an essential mineral that is critical for many of the body's functions. It is needed to make proteins, such as hemoglobin and myoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein present in red blood cells that carries oxygen from our lungs to our tissues, while myoglobin helps supply oxygen to our muscles.

    According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), men over the age of 19 have a recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 8 mg of iron. Premenopausal women have a much greater iron requirement than men. Women aged 19-50 have an RDA of 18 mg. After age 50, the number falls in line with men at 8 mg/day. Requirements are different for children under 18, as well as for pregnant or lactating women.

    Eating the following 5 foods packed with iron, together with sources of vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, will improve your body's absorption of iron. For more information iron in a plant-based diet, read this article.

    1. Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Powder

    Attention chocolate lovers! Dark chocolate

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  • 5 Delish and Healthy Homemade Veggie Patties for Your July 4th BBQ!

    Veggie Burgers: 10 Recipes, Countless BenefitsVeggie Burgers: 10 Recipes, Countless Benefits

    To anyone who enjoys a "real" burger, the veggie burger patty has often been dismissed as a laughable imitation of the classic hamburger, with a foundational ingredient missing. While this may have been true in the past, things have started to change for the meatless version of this American classic. In fact, in recent years, the veggie burger has managed to transcend its early incarnations that we're designed to replicate (mostly with limited success) the taste and texture of its famous cousin, the hamburger. Creative chefs discovered that the lack of meat was not a limitation, but instead an opportunity to embrace healthy ingredients like vegetables, quinoa, lentils, beans, brown rice, and other grains to create veggie patties.

    Today, the veggie burger may not have yet achieved iconic status as an American sandwich, but it has definitely found a place in our meat-dominated food culture. So, if you're looking to skip on meat this summer, avoid the frozen veggie burger patties found

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  • Learn How to Make Yummy Pizza Without Meat or Cheese (Really!)

    Recipe: Thai Pizza
    When most people think of pizza, they think of a wheat flour crust topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and various forms of processed meat. Perhaps with the occasional mushroom or pepper thrown in the mix.

    So the phrase "vegan pizza" may be met with puzzled looks. Is it just crust with tomato sauce? No way!

    The ways to make a vegan pizza are only limited by your imagination. When you start thinking beyond red sauce and mozzarella cheese, you can come up with some pretty amazing combinations! Also, let's not forget, these have no greasy cheese, processed meat, or other saturated fat and cholesterol-laden toppings!

    Follow this 5 Step Guide to Making Great Vegan Pizza:

    Step 1: Choose a crust
    While you can certainly go with a traditional wheat crust, there are plenty of other great options if you have gluten sensitivity, are limiting carbohydrates, or simply want to try something different.There are now some wholesome and tasty pizza crust mixes (and prepared

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  • All-American Veggie Burger Recipes for a Healthy and Delicious Fourth of July

    Image Source: Black and White Bean Burgers

    It's just not July 4th without a burger on your plate. What better way to celebrate this time of year than to change things up a bit by serving some veggie patties in stead of their meaty counterparts? Veggie burgers are versatile, easy to prepare, and SO much healthier than their meaty counterparts.

    You are probably thinking a veggie burger is a burger, so why not get some frozen ones from the store? There are some pretty good options in the market and here is a great article that compares six popular, commercially available veggie burgers based on calories, total fat content, fiber, and protein.

    However, when you make your own, you can customize the list of ingredients, and the combinations are only limited by your imagination. The compilation of recipes below speaks to the versatility and adaptability of the veggie burger. From beans to broccoli, there's something here for everyone!

    Here is our list of 5 Must-Try Veggie Burger

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  • Wave the Flag with These Red, White and Blue Dairy-Free Desserts on 4th of July

    It's that time of the year again! If you're grilling this holiday weekend, you won't want to miss this Veggie Burger Recipe Roundup! We promise these are 10 of the most amazing veggie burgers you've ever tasted. For salads and sides, use our Super Salad Guide to come up with your own amazing salad creation or check out these amazing salad recipes. For dessert, raw and no-bake desserts are perfect for this summer weekend. Carrot cake cupcakes, double chocolate cherry cheesecake and more.

    But want to be super patriotic and really impress? Try these 5 AMAZING red, white and blue dessert recipes that are guaranteed to please!

    1. No Bake Chocolate Cream Berry Firework Pie

    Ingredients: for a 4.5 inch pan Crust:

    • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
    • 2 Tablespoons ground almonds
    • 2 Tablespoons coconut flakes
    • a drop of chocolate liqueur or rum or rum extract(optional)
    • Cream:
    • 2-3 Tablespoons Coconut milk yogurt or non dairy yogurt
    • a generous pinch of cinnamon or spice of choice
    • 1
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  • 5 Fancy Pants Meatless Picnic Salads for the Summer

    Image source: Kale Waldorf Salad

    Isn't it a wonderful feeling to wake up in the morning, pack up a picnic basket, find a park with a beautiful shady tree, where you can enjoy a refreshing summer meal with family and friends? These recipes below (all meatless and dairy-free!) are ideal for such a day and are dressed to impress. Each one is unique and pretty fancy, because of creative combos like spices and multicolored potatoes, pesto and quinoa, as well as unique ingredients like fregula and harissa. Happy Summer!

    1. Spicy Sweet Potato Salad

    Salad ingredients:

    • 1 lb. sweet potatoes (multicolored if available), peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
    • 1 tsp. cumin
    • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
    • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 3 cups cooked corn (fresh or frozen)
    • 4 scallions, trimmed and sliced
    • 1 red bell pepper, diced
    • ½ jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
    • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped for garnish
    • Dressing Ingredients
    • ¼ cup vegetable oil
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
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